Galway is small but extraordinary. And the only way to explore it is on foot.
It's so easy to access from anywhere else in the country, with the train dropping you off literally in the heart of the city.
Rain, hail or shine – the place is bloody gorgeous, and here's why...
1. Eyre Square
The minute you leave the station you'll find yourself smack, bang in delightful Eyre Square.
This inner city park really has something magical about it, and is probably the best landmark that represents the heart of Galway.
2. The Latin Quarter
Stroll from Eyre Square down Shop Street and you'll know when you've hit the Latin Quarter; everything just gets that bit cooler.
You'll see buskers, hostels, boutiques, artisan food, fresh flowers, cool coffee, and historic pubs.
They say the Latin Quarter is "where Galway comes alive", and we couldn't agree more.
3. Thomas Dillon Claddagh Rings
Despite what you might think, Claddagh rings are not just for tourists.
The ring represents love, loyalty and friendship – the perfect token to remind you of your wonderful trip to Galway. They come in gold, silver and even rose gold.
4. The Spanish Arch
This arch holds a lot of significance in Galway – having once been a protector of the city and was even destroyed in a tsunami in 1755.
Nowadays 'Sparch' is a hotspot for social gatherings, markets and festivals.
5. Ard Bia
Wander through the Spanish Arch and you'll find one of Galway's hidden gems, emphasis on the hidden - it's concealed by the arch!
Loved by locals and visitors alike, Ard Bia at Nimmos serve an unreal brunch. Fill up on delish grub here to prepare for your day of adventures.
6. Galway City Museum
A collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions based around Galway's rich archaeology, heritage and history.
And check out that view. Hot dayuuum.
7. The Galway Market
What a treat. From fresh foods like olives, cheeses, sushi, gluten-free goodies and curries to stunnin' art, clothing and jewels.
Everything you've ever dreamed of can be found here.
8. Galway Cathedral
Next stop is Galway's gorge cathedral.
A short hop, skip and a jump from the market you should really set aside 20 minutes to check it out.
This majestic college campus is steeped in history, having been founded in 1845. Alumni include our very own Enda Kenny and Michael D. Higgins. And it's only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
Word on the street is that it was even considered as a location for Hogwarts in filming the Harry Potter series – which is completely understandable, because it's just stunning.
10. The Fisherman Seafood Bar
Eat some of the freshest seafood while gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean over Galway Bay.
The Fisherman in Salthill serve delicious crab claws and mussels – straight from the boat. Sure, you just can't go wrong!
11. Salthill Prom
The perfect place for a stretch of the legs or a romantic stroll.
Make sure to kick the stone at Blackrock – a curious but very long-standing, local tradition.
12. An Púcán
Grab a pint of local craft beer around the corner from the station before hopping back on that train.
This bar has serious Galway vibes that you just can't get anywhere else!
The dream day trip could not be easier.
Off you go, now!